I'm looking for inflatable recommendations.
Here's what I have now..
I have two kayaks.
1. a Hobie Mirage Drive Revolution with Full sail equipment.
2. a Dagger Cypress with Full whitewater equipment
I use both regularly on rivers, lakes, and saltwater.
The thing is, that loading both these kayaks every time I go on a trip is getting cumbersome, and neither one fits comfortably on my cabin boat.
I'm really looking for one kayak that can do it all, and also be easily portable.
Obviously the Hobie Mirage i9s would be easily portable, have the sailing capability, track well in still water, and be short enough for whitewater, but I'm not sure if I can equip it properly for whitewater. In pictures I've seen, it doesn't appear to have any way to secure thigh straps. The mirage drive hole would probably serve well as a drain for spray, but how high is the center of gravity for good balance on whitewater? Is there anyplace to secure thigh straps. I'd love if somebody who has one can chime in.
I'm impressed by the semi rigid designs of Advanced Elements AdvanceFrame, and YakkAir's Boats. I realize that the Mirage drive would be lost, and I'd have to jury rig a sail mount, leeboard, and rudder, but there are kits available for that. Still, I like rigidity even on Class V whitewater, but I'm concerned about the lack of a combing ring to wear a skirt, and if they can be drained like a sit on top.
Other boats on Paddling.nets inflatable buyer's guide look flimsy or very limited or uncomfortable to me, but perhaps I'm being premature in my judgement. I'd appreciate feedback.
Cpt Jack Russell.